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Reimagining Mental Health

Reimagining Mental Health is a three year transformation programme of mental health and wellbeing support for the people of Luton. Luton has been successful as one of four areas in the country to be part of a three year programme called Living Well UK, funded by National Lottery Community Fund.

It’s based on an innovative approach over 8 years in Lambeth, South London. The Lambeth Living Well Collaborative radically transformed their mental health offer, driven by a shared vision to help everyone who is experiencing mental health difficulties to recover, stay well, make their own choices and participate on an equal footing in everyday life. We are using the principles of that approach – collaborative leadership, co-production and design thinking - and using them in Luton. Luton will receive £100,000 a year for three years to support the programme (held by the CCG on behalf of the Collaborative).

Governance is via the Joint Strategic Commissioning Group. There is no ‘blueprint’ - we’re working with the Innovation Unit, who are experts in scaling up innovation. Everyone has an equal voice; everyone is an asset to the programme; everyone’s experience matters. It’s going to mean real involvement in designing and delivering, not just ‘talking shops’. It will make real changes for people with lived experience. It may take longer to see results than if we used traditional methods, but these results will be owned by everyone in Luton.

Vision, Outcomes and Values

The role of the Collaborative is to set the vision for Luton and agree the three big outcomes it will achieve. The Collaborative meets monthly and now comprises of over 120 people who are passionate about transforming Mental Health services in Luton. Over the last nine months work has been progressing on setting out the vision and outcomes for Luton for the three year programme. We are pleased to now publish the vision and outcomes for Luton and the values co-produced by stakeholders across the borough.

Work Programme for Year 1

The Collaborative agreed the work programme for this year would be focused around “Rapid Access”.

Design phase 1 is centred on homeless people accessing mental health support and accommodation.

Design phase 2 will focus on open access to mental health support in Primary Care. We are designing an offer for people who are struggling with life; may have a mental health condition; may have a drug & alcohol problem; one or more long term conditions and who are accessing many GP appointments and A & E. We are also working with the primary care networks to co-produce the new offer and are planning to prototype in January 2020. Our aim is to transform mental health services in order to improve people’s outcomes and experiences of accessing support.

Design phase 3 will consider what needs to change with urgent access to mental health support covering A & E, 111, Crisis Helpline and 24/7 crisis care.

People's Stories

We have gathered stories from people with lived experience and carers. Click here to read people's stories.

Reimagining Mental Health Newsletters


Reimagining Mental Health Newsletter February 


Reimagining Mental health Newsletter November 19

Reimagining Mental health Newsletter September 19

Reimagining Mental health Newsletter July 19

Reimagining Mental health Newsletter March 19



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